A loan helped to buy a milk cow and increase her production of dairy products.

Lola's story

Lola is a 33 year old married woman with three children ages 7, 4, and 3. She has a dairy business.

Lola is an enterprising mother, sincere, generous, understanding, responsible, and hard-working. She works in the Chilaya pampa community located 85 kilometers from the city, near Lake Titicaca, an area with a cold and dry climate and daily temperature of 2-12 degrees centigrade.

Lola has a dark complexion, is short, and dresses traditionally. Her first language is Aymara and her second language is Spanish which she uses daily and in business in the city. She shares her life with her husband who is a farmer and her children, the oldest studies in school and the younger children play during the day. Her business is a dairy producing milk and dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, etc. She works every day of the week, at all hours. Milking the cow is totally manual and she doesn't use any machines. The stable she has is spacious, where the cattle can move with normalcy. The cold climate affects the quantity of milk that each animal produces, so production increases in the summer and decreases in winter. Once she has the milk, it is destined to make some sort of dairy product, at other times it is sold to neighbors so that they may produce products. She states, "We came to a realization that sometimes we have to farm the earth and we sell the milk to our neighbors..."

Her dream is to improve her stable in order to produce a greater amount of milk. She wishes to make an investment in her business by buying a milk cow in order to increase her production of dairy products. This is the first sequence of loans with the institution in the 20 years that she has had this business. It is for these reasons that Lola seeks a loan to buy a milk cow and increase her production of dairy products.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Cindy Kendall.

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